In an attack on the First Amendment Right and an attack on the Republican Campaign, Facebook on Thursday announced it was banning the Committee to Defend Trump from running ANY FACEBOOK ADS until November 1, 2020 — or two days before the election.
So far this election cycle the Committee to Defend Trump PAC has spent over $7.5 million in defense of President Trump. Now they will no longer be able to post ads on Facebook!
The Facebook took action against the account for the Committee to Defend the President, a political action committee which began in 2013 as an anti-Hillary Clinton group but which has since changed its focus to pro-Trump activism.
Overlooking the sort of material published by the Leftists, Democrats and the Antifa Terrorists on the Facebook that can influence US elections, Facebook chose to blackout the election campaign and favorable voices in favor of Republicans and President Trump in the upcoming 2020 elections. “As a result of the Committee to Defend the President’s repeated sharing of content determined by third-party fact-checkers to be false, they will not be permitted to advertise for a period of time,” Facebook said in a statement.
The committee has spent roughly $325,000 on ads supporting President Trump and conservative causes between May 2018 and August 2020, according to Facebook’s ad database. Its founders have spent nearly $10 million in support of President Trump and his reelection in 2020 according to campaign finance records.
Social Media Tech companies like Facebook, Twitter has never taken down any material of Leftist/Liberals or Democrats or Antifa Terrorists and they are free to publish any kind of crap they want. However Social Media Tech Giants have often taken down the republican and conservative social media handles that support President Trump.
It is clear this is electioneering by Facebook. It will need to be seen how Republicans stop this attack on the First Amendment Right before it’s too late.
Is this Attack On The First Amendment Right by Facebook in retaliation to recent actions by the US Government against the Tech giant?
Facebook faced a lawsuit from the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which claimed the social network owes $9 billion in unpaid taxes, according to Reuters. That lawsuit went to trial in a San Francisco court on Tuesday 18-February 2020, and the crux of the case is a 2010 deal between Facebook and an Irish subsidiary it uses to shuffle money around internationally. The IRS alleges Facebook undervalued the intellectual property it sold to the subsidiary, thereby dodging billions in taxes.
Recently, in a rare interrogation played out over the course of a nearly six-hour hearing, with lawmakers on the House’s top antitrust subcommittee coming armed with millions of documents, hundreds of hours of interviews and in some cases the once-private messages of Silicon Valley’s elite chiefs. They said it showed some in the tech sector had become too big and powerful, threatening rivals, consumers and, in some cases, even democracy itself.
Cicilline, the chairman of the antitrust panel, opened a congressional investigation of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google last year, aiming to explore whether the tech industry’s most influential quartet of companies had attained their status through potentially anti-competitive means. In response, the four chief executives — Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai — took the witness stand to fiercely defend their businesses Wednesday 29-July 2020 as rags-to-riches success stories, made possible only through American ingenuity and the sustained support of their ever-growing customer bases.
In exchanges likely to have lasting resonance, Democrats repeatedly confronted Facebook’s Zuckerberg with his own past emails. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the top lawmaker on the House Judiciary Committee, brought up a 2012 message in which Zuckerberg apparently said he sought to acquire Instagram, which at the time was a rival photo-sharing app, out of fear that it could “meaningfully hurt us.” Later, Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) pointed to other Facebook communications that described the company’s acquisition strategy generally as “a land grab.”
“Mergers and acquisitions that buy off potential competitive threats violate the antitrust laws,” Nadler charged. “In your own words, you purchased Instagram to neutralize a competitive threat.”
“We all think the free market is great. We think competition is great. We love the fact that these are American companies,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio), the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee. “But what’s not great is censoring people, censoring conservators and trying to impact elections. And if it doesn’t end, there has to be consequences.”
In our previous article Breaking – Executive Draft of Trump’s Order to Reign in Tech Companies we covered in details Executive draft of President Trump’s Order. The order also calls large social media platforms “the functional equivalent of a traditional public forum” and states these firms “should not infringe on protected speech”.
The White House reveals in the Executive Order that they received “over 16,000 complaints of online platforms censoring or otherwise taking action against users based on their political viewpoints”. The complaints system has been online since May 2019.
Points to Ponder
Will President Trump and the Republicans all over the United States take stern action against the Social Media Tech giants for this attack on the First Amendment Right of US Citizens who support a different political view than the owners of the Social Media Tech Giants?
If President Trump Wins 2020 elections, will he ensure that there are other competitors for Facebook available in the social media and alternate views are allowed to be expressed to uphold the First Amendment Rights of all?
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